Born: June 27, 1953 Primary Instrument: Reeds
Enrique Fernandez Saxophones , Flutes , Clarinets
Multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger Enrique Fernandez has performed and recorded extensively in both genres of jazz and latin jazz. Some of his recording credits include the grammy winning “Masterpiece/Obra Maestra” Tito Puente’s last recording. He served as musical director and composer on “Ritmo y Candela” I & II landmark recordings by Patato Valdes both nominated in consecutive years 1996, 1997 in the latin jazz category. Enrique can be heard on “Jazz Descargas” The Conga Kings.-Chesky records. “Melodia para Congas” Enriquillo Winds.- Mapleshade records. “Tanga”, “My Time is now”, “944 Columbus”, Mario Bauza’s Afro-cuban Jazz Orch. seminal recordings on Messidor records and many salsa recordings throughout the 90's. Enrique currently performs as a member of the Duke Ellington Orch. ,Chico O'farrill Orch., Bebo Valdes quintet, Cachaos' Descarga, Patato Valdes and AfroJazzia , Ray Mantilla’s Space Station, Giants of Latin Jazz, Muhal Richard Abrams ensemble to name a few. Performance venues: Some Jazz Festivals ----- Artists North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague,Netherlands - Mario Bauza 1993,CariFusion1982 Pori Jazz Festival,Pori,Finland - Mario Bauza 1993 Winter Carnaval,Helsinki,Finland - Azuquita 1986,Machito 1996 Montreaux Jazz Festival,Montreaux,Switzerland - Mario Bauza1992 Newport Jazz Festival,Cape Cod ,R.I. - Tito Puente 2000 JVC Jazz Festival,Nyc,NY - Tito Puente,1998,2000 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival - Mongo Santamaria1993 What is Jazz festival,Nyc,NY - David Murray 1996 Chicago Jazz Festival - The Conga Kings 2004 Miami Jazz Festival - Cachao y su descarga 2000 Centenario Festival,Mexico city - Cachao 1999 Heineken Jazz Festival,San Juan P.R. - Patato's Afro-Jazzia 2002 S.F.Jazz Festival,SF,CA - Mario Bauza 1993,Chico O'Farril 1998,Conga Kings2004 Sacramento Jazz Fest, Sacramento,CA - Duke Ellington Orch.2001 Parade de Jazz,Nice,France - Duke Ellington 2002 JVC Jazz Festival,Torino,Italy - Ray Manilla's Space Station 1999 Cellimontana Fest,Rome,Italy - Ray Mantilla's Space station 1999 Umbria Jazz Festival,Perugia,Italy - Mario Bauza 1993 Pescara Fest,Pescara,Italy - Ray Mantilla 1998 Marseillac,Jazz Festival,Marseillac,France - Chico O'Farril 2003 Paris BanlieuBlues Festival,Paris,France - Henri Guedon 1983,Tito Puente/Eddie Palmieri 2000 Festival de Jazz-San Sebastian,Spain - Bebo Valdes Quintet2000, Bebo Valdes Orch. 2004 CapeMay Jazz Festival - Ray Mantilla 2005 etc.........
New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students